Professional Development

Registration is open!

May 12, 2023

Mid-Hudson Valley Leadership Day

The Venue Uptown (Best Western Plus), 503 Washington Avenue, Kingston, NY 12401

Leadership Day is for Child Care Center and School-Age Child Care Directors, Group & Family Day Care Owners, Early Childhood Education Program Educators, and Administrators.

You do not have to choose workshops. You will hear ALL of the amazing presenters in one room.

Online registration

8:00 – 8:30am          Registration / Breakfast / Exhibitors

8:30 – 8:45am          Welcome

8:45 – 10:15am        Carol Garboden Murray, M.Ed.: Illuminating Care: The Pedagogy and Practice of Care in Early Childhood Communities

10:15 – 10:30am       Morning Break / Exhibitors

10:30 – 11:30am       Jess Robie: Working with the “Modern Family”   

11:30 –12:30pm        Lunch & Learn: 

12:30 – 2:00pm         Rosemarie Lawton: Caring Spaces

2:00 – 2:15pm           Afternoon Break / Snacks / Exhibitors

2:15-3:15pm             Wendy Wollner: The 5 Buckets Principle™

3:15 – 3:30pm          Basket Giveaways & Closing Remarks

*Scholarship funding for this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). Visit OR call (800) 295- 9616 OR  email

Topics covered include Principles of childhood development, focusing on the developmental stages of the age groups for which the program provides care, Child day care program development, Business maintenance and management, Safety and security procedures, Nutrition and health needs, Adverse Childhood Experiences focused on understanding trauma and on nurturing resiliency. 

The MHV Leadership Day has been approved  for  6  hours  credited  to  your OCFS-required training hours.

Raffle tickets (4) will be given with the donation of unopened infant/child hygiene products (diapers, wipes, creams). Additional Raffle tickets $5 each. Vendors donate raffle items($20 value). All proceeds from the Raffle will go to the creation of Ulster County Diaper Bank.


The objective of these trainings is to provide every New York State child care provider with a place to meet their required training hours. Each child care provider must complete at least 15 hours of training during the first six months of registration and at least 30 hours of training every 2 years. This training must include each of the following topics:

  • Principles of childhood development, focusing on the developmental stages of the age groups for which the program provides care
  • Nutrition and health needs of infants and children
  • Child day care program development
  • Safety and security procedures
  • Business record maintenance and management
  • Child abuse and maltreatment identification and prevention
  • Statutes and regulations pertaining to child day care
  • Statutes and regulations pertaining to child abuse and maltreatment
  • Education and information on the identification, diagnosis and prevention of shaken baby syndrome
  • Adverse childhood experiences, focused on understanding trauma and on nurturing resiliency

OCFS offers online training using several unique and innovative delivery methods to meet the needs of child care providers throughout New York State.

OCFS will not approve credit toward required training hours for completing the same online training more than once within a two year period. The website will still allow users to log in and review trainings already completed, allowing trainees to refresh their recollection of previously learned material. Training credit, however, will only be awarded the first time that a specific online course is complete within any two year training period.

Get state approved training to meet enrollment/registration/licensing requirements AT NO COST TO YOU  with participating training organizations by using the CSEA/VOICE Professional Development Training Program. There are many child care training topics and hours, delivered by participating training organizations available. This program is open to NYS Registered Family, Licensed Group Family and Legally Exempt childcare providers outside of New York City. This opportunity is funded by the Professional Development dollars that CSEA/VOICE negotiated in our second union agreement with NYS and OCFS.

CACFP TRAINING ONLINE– The following trainings are OCFS approved and are acceptable for the CACFP training requirement, as well as your required 30 hours every 2 years. You must complete 1 hour nutrition training (online or in person) per year while participating with CACFP.





Non-credit bearing distance learning courses are reviewed using OCFS criteria to ensure they meet the New York State training requirements. Approved courses may qualify for EIP funding. Courses that have been reviewed are displayed under their corresponding training organization. Click here for additional information.

What is the Pyramid Model?

The Pyramid Model is a conceptual frame-work of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s healthy social and emotional development.

Who uses the Pyramid Model?

The Pyramid Model provides guidance for early childhood special education personnel; early intervention personnel; early educators; families, other professionals. If you are interested in program-wide implementation or just the basics contact us today.

Program-wide Implementation Program-wide implementation of the Pyramid Model refers to a systemic effort within a program for Pyramid Model implementation fidelity. In program-wide implementation, a leadership team guides the implementation process and develops the supports and infrastructure needed to ensure that implementation of the Pyramid Model can occur within the classrooms and services provided to children and their families. The Leadership Team, with representation from program administrators and practitioners, is focused on the ongoing process of supporting the implementation of the Pyramid Model and using data-based decision-making to guide implementation efforts and monitor outcomes. Program-wide implementation might also be called Program-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PW-PBIS), Early Childhood Positive Behavior Support (EC-PBS) or a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to address social, emotional, and behavioral needs.

The program-wide implementation model ensures that programs are attending to both the implementation of evidence-based practices and the development of the infrastructure to support the durable implementation of those practices. Programs that have used this approach have experienced the following:

  • Reductions in child challenging behaviors
  • Increases in children’s social skills
  • Increased satisfaction of program staff and families
  • Reduced turnover in the program
  • Increases in teachers’ competence and confidence in the support of children
  • Changes in classroom and program climate
  • Sustained implementation of the Pyramid Model



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